March 2016

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Cover Story

Despite Election-Year Bashing,
Envoy Says U.S.-Mexico Ties 'Excellent'

a6.cover.mexico.border.homeMexico's new ambassador arrived in Washington during a time of election-year demonizing, but Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi is sage about the political posturing and Mexico-bashing, telling us that, "Some people who are ignorant of history talk about building walls, but that makes no sense." Read More 

People of World Influence

Track II Diplomacy Practitioner
Creates Space to Open Up Dialogue

a1.powi.slim.homeDiplomatic breakthroughs like the recent Iran nuclear deal don't always emerge from formal government-to-government discussions. Sometimes, the foundation for diplomatic success is laid by people like Randa Slim, who work behind the scenes in a process called Track II diplomacy. Read More


Tug of War

As Islamic State Loses
One Corner, It Gains Another

a2.isis.ship.homeAs the Islamic State retreats from parts of Iraq and Syria, the group is looking to expand in other areas such as Libya, perpetuating a tug of war for territory and influence that shows no signs of abating any time soon. Read More


Can Schengen Be Saved?

Migrant Crisis, Terrorist Threats
Test Ideal of Border-Free Europe

a3.schengen.group.homeA raging migrant crisis and residual fears over terrorism are threatening to unravel the European Union's passport-free travel area known as the Schengen zone — and with it the very fabric of the EU. Read More


Power Play at the Pump

Drop in Oil Prices Fuels
Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

a4.saudi.iran.oil.refinery.homeSaudi Arabia and Iran are currently locked in a regional proxy war, buttressed by their respective oil reserves. Ties are likely to further deteriorate as global oil prices bottom out, Iran opens itself to the West and sectarian conflicts rage from Syria to Yemen. Read More


Spanning the Globe

World Affairs Council-DC:
'Where Learning Happens'

a5.world.affairs.council.speaker.homeIn addition to dozens of events each year featuring ambassadors and other top-level officials, WAC-DC spearheads a variety of education programs as part of its mission to involve as many citizens as possible in an exchange of ideas, knowledge and understanding of global issues. Read More


Diplomacy Verbatim

WPA Exposes Washingtonians
To Local, Global Culture

a7.verbatim.wpa.stage.homeOver the last half century, Washington Performing Arts has welcomed scores of well-known and lesser-known international and local artists as part of its mission to offer Washingtonians a cultural window onto the world. Read More

Digital Diplomacy Forum

As America's National Parks Turn 100,
Social Media Helps Visitors Unplug

a8.digital.parks.bison.homeTo mark their 100th anniversary, America's National Parks are turning to social media to connect with, entice and educate visitors on its vast natural, historical and cultural resources. Read More

Book Review

Foreign Policy Scholar Writes
Bracing Book for Next President

a9.book.review.fettweis.home"Making Foreign Policy Decisions" offers a bracing how-to guide for the next U.S. president. Read More

Medical

Women's Heart Attacks Are
Different Than Men's, Experts Stress

a10.medical.womens.heart.homeHeart attacks in women often have different causes and symptoms than those in men, and they're deadlier, too. A scientific statement from the American Heart Association hopes to raise awareness about the key differences. Read More

   

Track II Diplomacy Practitioner Creates Space to Open Up Dialogue

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By Michael Coleman

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As Islamic State Loses One Corner, It Gains Another

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By Justin Salhani and Anna Gawel

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Migrant Crisis, Terrorist Threats Test Ideal of Border-Free Europe

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Drop in Oil Prices Fuels Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

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By Justin Salhani and Anna Gawel

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World Affairs Council-DC Prides Itself as Place ‘Where Learning Happens’

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By Larry Luxner

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Despite Election-Year Bashing, Envoy Says U.S.-Mexico Ties ‘Excellent’

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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WPA Exposes Washingtonians To Local, Global Culture

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By Dave Seminara

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As America’s National Parks Turn 100, Social Media Helps Visitors Unplug

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By Molly McCluskey

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Foreign Policy Scholar Writes Bracing Book for Next President

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By John Shaw

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Women’s Heart Attacks Are Different Than Men’s, Experts Stress

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By Kathleen Doheny - HealthDay News

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Blair House Plays Host To American History

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Australian Aboriginal Elder Began Painting Career in Her Mid-90s

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘Midsummer’ Gets Facelift for Bard’s 400-Year Anniversary

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Local Artist Conjures Distant Cultures To Examine Human Condition

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By Kate Oczypok

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Authentic American-Style Joints Spice Up Area’s Barbeque Scene

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - March 2016

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Environmental Film Festival

The 24th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in D.C., is back from March 15 to 26. Among the festival's 140-plus films are 80 international contributions from 33 different countries. "Parks: Protecting Wild," exploring the vital role of parks and protected areas on our planet, will be the focus of the 2016 selections. Screenings include discussion with filmmakers, scientists and policymakers — many of them free.

For more information, visit www.dceff.org.

*EFF = Environmental Film Festival

**WJFF = Washington Jewish Film Festival

***NAFF = New African Film Festival

Languages

Amharic

French

Polish

Tamashek


Arabic

Hebrew

Russian


Creole

Japanese

Spanish

English

Luganda

Swahili

Amharic

Crumbs

Directed by Miguel Llansó

(Ethiopia/Spain/Finland, 2015, 68 min.)

Set against the backdrop of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, the film follows a strange-looking scrap collector who is alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears (NAFF; Amharic and Afrikaans).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., March 15, 9:30 p.m.,

Thu., March 17, 5:15 p.m.

 

Lamb

Directed by Yared Zeleke

(Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway/Qatar, 2015, 94 min.)

Ephraim, a half-Jewish Ethiopian boy who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives, uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home (NAFF and EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., March 11, 7:15 p.m.,

Sun., March 13, 4:45 p.m.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Tue., March 22, 7 p.m.

 

Mussa

Directed by Anat Goren

(Israel, 2015, 60 min.)

Twelve-year-old Mussa won't speak. A refugee from Darfur living in Tel Aviv, he's been bussed from his troubled neighborhood to an upscale private school for the past five years. Despite the bond he shares with his friends and teacher, Mussa is alone; his parents struggle to make ends meet, leaving Mussa with his voiceless thoughts (WJFF; Amharic, Arabic, English and Hebrew).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Tue., March 1, 6:15 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Fri., March 4, 3 p.m.

 

Price of Love

Directed by Hermon Hailay

(Ethiopia, 2015, 99 min.)

A recovering addict, Teddy drives his cab across the sprawling Addis Ababa, in the hopes of making an honest living. But when Teddy picks up the beautiful prostitute Fere, just as she's escaping an abusive john, he's thrust back into the world of trouble (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 12, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., March 16, 7:15 p.m.

 

Arabic

Beats of the Antonov

Directed by Hajooj Kuka

(Sudan/South Africa, 2014, 68 min.)

On the border between the two Sudans, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 12, 1:15 p.m.,

Mon., March 14, 5:15 p.m.

 

Madame Courage

Directed by Merzak Allouache

(Algeria/France, 2015, 90 min.)

Omar ekes out a meager living in the slums of seaside village Mostaganem, snatching valuables off passersby to feed his addiction to Madame Courage: Artane tablets, popular for their euphoric effect of invincibility (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 13, 6:45 p.m.,

Fri., March 18, 5:20 p.m.

 

The Midnight Orchestra

Directed by Jerome Cohen Olivar

(Morocco, 2015, 102 min.)

The son of a once-famous Jewish musicians returns to Casablanca for the first time after leaving Morocco as a child amid racial tensions to honor his father's legacy (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC

Wed., March 5, 8:30 p.m.

Creole

Sugarcane Shadows

(Lonbranz Kann)

Directed by David Constantin

(Mauritius/France, 2014, 88 min.)

Farmers Maro and Bissoon spent their lives working on sugarcane fields, but as tourism increased on the tropical island of Mauritius, their fields were razed to make way for ritzy hotels and lush golf courses (NAFF; Creole and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., March 14, 9:30 p.m.

 

English

Anthropocene: The Movie

Directed by Steve Bradshaw

(U.K., 2015, 96 min.)

We are living in the "Anthropocene," the age of large-scale human impact that many scientists believe constitutes a whole new epoch in the geologic timescale. A chorus of these scholars weighs in on whether our moment in the spotlight of Earth's history will go down as a true tragedy or just a dark comedy (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History

Sat., March 26, 4 p.m.

 

Atlantic

Directed by Risteard Ó Domhnaill

(Ireland, 2016, 71 min.)

At three different corners of the Atlantic, fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland share social, economic and environmental crises stemming from human interactions with the ocean's ecosystems (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Sat., March 19, 2:15 p.m.

 

Avalon

Directed by Barry Levinson

(U.S., 1990, 128 min.)

Director Barry Levinson traces various transitions within the Krichinsky family and conveys his appreciation for the anxieties that afflict the suburban middle class — and multiple generations of immigrants in particular (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., March 3, 6:45 p.m.

 

Bike Repair Shop

Directed by Stefano Gabbiani

(Italy, 2015, 73 min.)

As Turin emerges from an era dominated by the automobile industry, the owners of two bicycle repair shops benefit from the city's newfound interest in cycling — and recycling (EFF).

Embassy of Italy

Thu., March 17, 7 p.m.

 

The Bird Ranger

Directed by Hans den Hartog

(Netherlands, 2015, 68 min.)

The "bird rangers" of the Boschplaat nature reserve, on the northern Dutch island of Terschelling, have always done much more than guard the wetlands. They're also full-fledged scientists (EFF; reception to follow).

Royal Netherlands Embassy

Wed., March 16, 6 p.m.

 

Blood Lions

Directed by Bruce Young

(U.S./South Africa, 2016, 84 min.)

Under the cover of legal loopholes and "wildlife sanctuary" fronts, breeding facilities in South Africa raise lions in captivity to be shot at close range by the highest bidder. In this big business of "canned hunting," anyone with enough money can select an animal from an online photo gallery and then kill it while it sits fenced in (EFF).

New York University

Wed., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Directed by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart

(U.S., 2015, 72 min.)

Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a defiant community of women lives on some of the most toxic land on Earth (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Mon., March 21, 7 p.m.

 

The Birth of Sake

Directed by Erik Shirai

(Japan/U.S., 2015, 94 min.)

The 144-year-old Yoshida Saké Brewery does things the old-fashioned way: Dedicated artisans work in concert with natural forces — the temperature and humidity of the air, the chemistry of the water, the swirling koji mold that fuels fermentation — to uphold a millennia-old tradition (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Tue., March 22, 7 p.m.

 

Carvalho's Journey

Directed by Steve Rivo

(U.S., 2015, 85 min.)

At a time when the US was busy pushing and re-defining its borders, the nascent medium of photography was just starting to take root. At the center of this artistic and geographic expansion stood an observant Sephardic Jew from South Carolina, Solomon Carvalho (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Wed., March 2, 6:15 p.m.

 

Cemetery of Splendor

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

(Thailand, 2015, 122 min.)

When soldiers working on a mysterious dig site contract a supernatural "sleeping sickness," doctors and volunteer nurses set up a makeshift hospital where the treatments include colored light therapy, psychic mediation and intimate human contact. For Jen, a volunteer, the hospital becomes a space of revelation, where the mythic past permeates the everyday (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 20, 8 p.m.

 

Cuckold

Directed by Charlie Vundla

(South Africa, 2015, 95 min.)

Smanga is a celebrated young professor whose life unravels when his wife leaves him and he spirals into a drug- and sex-induced tailspin (NAFF; English and Zulu).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 12, 3 p.m.

 

The Cursed Ones

Directed by Nana Obiri-Yeboah

(U.K./Ghana, 2015, 100 min.)

A series of misfortunes leads a West African village to accuse a young girl of witchcraft, and their pastor insists that salvation lies in her exorcism and death. But a disillusioned reporter attempts to save her, fighting back against corruption and false prophets (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., March 18, 9 p.m.

 

Double Happiness

Directed by Ella Raidel

(Austria, 2014, 75 min.)

In China's Guangdong province, a mining tycoon has built an exact 1:1 replica of the idyllic Austrian village of Hallstatt. Beyond the gimmicky appeal of "copycat" development, this phenomenon serves as provocative perspective on the ramifications of the country's rapid urbanization (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 19, 5:45 p.m.

 

Ever the Land

Directed by Sarah Grohnert

(New Zealand, 2015, 90 min.)

In the Te Urewara forests of northern New Zealand, the fiercely independent Tūhoe Maori tribe undertakes the building of a grand new meeting hall using radically sustainable methods (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History

Sat., March 19, 12 p.m.

Embassy of New Zealand

Tue., March 22, 7 p.m.

 

Fifty

Directed by Biyi Bandele

(Nigeria, 2015, 101 min.)

Four middle-age friends who are forced to take stock of their personal lives while juggling careers and family in the upper middle-class neighborhoods of Lagos (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 12, 5 p.m.

 

Fractured Land

Directed by Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis

(U.S., 2015, 75 min.)

With some of the world's largest fracking operations on his territory, Caleb Behn, a young indigenous leader and lawyer in British Columbia, struggles to reconcile the teachings of his Dene tribe with the Canadian law intended to protect his ancestral land (EFF).

National Museum of the American Indian

Sun., March 20, 2 p.m.

 

Good Things Await

Directed by Phie Ambo

(Denmark, 2014, 93 min.)

Niels Stokholm is an agricultural visionary: The Danish farm he runs with his wife Rita serves as one of Europe's finest test cases of "biodynamics," a radical approach to food production with its own cosmic philosophy and defiantly low-tech methods (EFF).

Embassy of France

Thu., March 17, 7 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 20, 6 p.m.

 

Hadwin's Judgment

Directed by Sasha Snow

(Canada, 2015, 87 min.)

Grant Hadwin was an expert logger working in Canada's Pacific Northwest, until his conscience spurred him to challenge the destruction of the world's last great temperate rainforest in which he'd been complicit (EFF).

Avalon Theatre

Sat., March 26, 1 p.m.

 

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Directed by Charles Wilkinson

(Canada, 2015, 75 min.)

Eighty miles off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the mountainous archipelago Haida Gwaii rises above the Pacific Ocean. These islands have been home to the Haida people since 13,000 BC, though smallpox decimated their population and industrial fishing and logging pose a perpetual threat (EFF).

National Museum of Natural History

Sat., March 26, 12 p.m.

 

Ice & Sky

Directed by Luc Jacquet

(France, 2015, 89 min.)

The discoveries of glaciologist Claude Lorius laid the groundwork for our understanding of both the science of global warming and the urgency of responding to it (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Wed., March 23, 7 p.m.

 

Katatura

Directed by Florian Schott

(Namibia, 2015, 112 min.)

Married ex-con Dangi is struggling to lead a clean and law-abiding life while juggling a relationship with his ex-mistress and their son, neither of whom his wife knows about (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., March 15, 7:15 p.m.

 

Kings of Nowhere

Directed by Betzabé García

(Mexico, 2015, 83 min.)

The construction of a dam turned the Mexican village of San Marcos into a waterlogged ghost town, but three families refuse to surrender their home to the flood (EFF).

National Geographic Society

Wed., March 23, 7 p.m.

 

License to Krill

Directed by David Sington

(U.K./France, 2015, 87 min.)

Antarctic krill may be tiny, but they're massively important: A whole ecosystem depends on these little crustaceans, with whales, seals, and penguins all relying on them as a primary food source (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Fri., March 18, 6 and 8:30 p.m.

National Museum of Natural History

Sun., March 20, 12 p.m.

 

The Living Fire

Directed by Ostap Kostyuk

(Ukraine, 2015, 77 min.)

This film follows three men of different generations living in the Ukrainian Carpathians (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Sun., March 20, 4 p.m.

 

Making of an Ancient Forest – Kalkalpen National Park

Directed by Rita Schlamberger

(Austria, 2015, 52 min.)

The remote forests of Kalkalpen National Park in Austria, the largest area of wilderness in the European Alps, have been left untouched by humans for nearly a quarter of a century in order to return to their natural, primeval state (EFF).

Embassy of Austria

Tue., March 22, 7:30 p.m.

 

Monkey Kingdom

Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill

(U.S., 2015, 81 min.)

In the Sri Lankan jungle, a newborn monkey and its mother struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a group of macaques living in a complex of ancient ruins (EFF).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 19, 10:30 a.m.,

Sun., March 20, 11:30 a.m.

 

Necktie Youth

Directed by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

(South Africa/Netherlands, 2015, 93 min.)

A wealthy white teen has hanged herself from a tree, using her school necktie. To make matters worse, her death has been live-streamed. From there, the filmmaker follows other teens peripherally connected to the girl, all of whom make up a contemporary génération perdue — young people who are wrecked and defeated (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., March 11, 9:30 p.m.,

Wed., March 16, 5:15 p.m.

 

Oddball

Directed by Stuart McDonald

(Australia, 2015, 95 min.)

Off the south coast of Australia, foxes have taken over an island sanctuary that is home to the world's smallest penguins, damaging their population. But an eccentric chicken farmer and his precocious granddaughter hatch a plan to save the penguins: they'll train his mischievous sheepdog to guard them (EFF).

Avalon Theatre

Sat., March 26, 10:30 a.m.

 

The Pawnbroker

Directed by Sidney Lumet

(U.S., 1964, 116 min.)

A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu., March 3, 3:45 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 6, 12:30 p.m.

 

Poached

Directed by Timothy Wheeler

(U.K., 2015, 90 min.)

A rash of egg thieves raiding the nests of rare birds has precipitated a police initiative named "Operation Easter," which has succeeded in confiscating thousands of eggs found under beds and floorboards, and in secret rooms. The offenders are motivated not by money but by the beauty of the egg and the thrill of the chase (EFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu., March 24, 7 p.m.

 

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist

Directed by Christina Zeidler and John Mitchell

(Canada, 2015, 82 min.)

Fortysomething Toronto TV producer Elsie is the kind of nice Jewish girl your mother warned you about: the serial monogamist who seems to have slept with everyone in town. When Elsie coolly cuts it off with sweet performance artist Robyn, her friends challenge her to stay single for five months (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., March 1, 8:30 p.m.

West End Cinema

Wed., March 2, 8:15 p.m.

 

Puffin Patrol

Directed by Scott Dobson

(U.S., 2015, 50 min.)

On the remote coastlines of Maine, Wales, and Newfoundland, scientists observe the annual life cycle of the Atlantic Puffin to discover what this intriguing little bird can teach us about the dangers facing our natural world (EFF).

Embassy of Canada

Tue., March 15, 4 and 6 p.m.

 

Rams

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson

(Iceland, 2015, 93 min.)

In a remote Icelandic valley, two solitary brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years tend prize-winning sheep descended from their family's ancestral flock. When a devastating sheep disease takes hold in the region, they're forced to come together in order to save their beloved livestock from a government-mandated wipeout that endangers the livelihood of the whole community (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 26, 7:20 p.m.

 

Salt of the Earth

Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

(France, 2014, 109 min.)

Over the past 40 years, photographer Sebastião Salgado has borne witness to the plights of marginalized communities the world over, from famines to civil wars to unsafe labor conditions. Now he turns his camera toward another subject under threat — our natural world — framing pristine landscapes and bounties of biodiversity within a huge project celebrating the environment (EFF).

The Phillips Collection

Sat., March 19, 2 p.m.

 

Sherpa

Directed by Jennifer Peedom

(Australia/U.K., 2015, 96 min.)

After a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest in 2014 that kills 16 Sherpas, their community unites in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain from the Western-oriented adventure industry that forces them to risk their lives (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science

Tue., March 15, 7 p.m.

 

Something Better to Come

Directed by Sigrid Dyekjær

(Denmark, 2015, 110 min.)

Inside the guarded perimeter of Svalka, a hellish junkyard on the outskirts of Moscow, a dogged yet vibrant community ekes out a life, dreaming of escape (EFF).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Wed., March 23, 7 p.m.

 

This Changes Everything

Directed by Avi Lewis

(U.S./Canada, 2015, 89 min.)

Filmed across five continents, this film, inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller of the same name, makes an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change (EFF).

St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Fri., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Whispering Star

Directed by Sion Sono

(Japan, 2015, 100 min.)

Yoko, a humanoid robot, travels from planet to planet delivering mysterious packages. Among those planets are distinctly Earth-like places, where an unspecified apocalypse has rendered human beings an endangered species in a landscape of detritus (EFF).

National Museum of American History

Sun., March 20, 3 p.m.

 

A World Icon: Singapore Botanic Garden

Directed by Peter Lamb

(Singapore, 2016, 52 min.)

Singapore may be a primarily urban place, but it also contains one of the world's great green spaces: the first and only tropical botanic garden to be given the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site (EFF).

Embassy of Singapore

Thu., March 24, 7 p.m.

 

French

Black Jews: The Roots of the Olive Tree

Directed by Laurence Gavron

(Cameroon/Senegal/Israel/France, 2016, 56 min.)

This film explores the modern-day and institutional practice of Judaism among African tribes with Jewish roots in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Wed., March 2, 6:45 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu., March 3, 6:30 p.m.

 

Eye of the Storm

Directed by Sékou Traoré

(France/Burkina Faso, 2015, 104 min.)

In an unidentified African country plagued by civil war, Emma is a young idealistic lawyer, officially assigned to defend a former child soldier accused of heinous war crimes (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 12, 9:30 p.m.

 

The Law

Directed by Christian Faure

(France, 2014, 87 min.)

Simone Veil's intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is brilliantly brought to life in this taut fact-based drama (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC

Sat., March 5, 4:45 p.m.

 

Morbayassa

Directed by Cheick Fantamady Camara

(France/Guinea, 2015, 124 min.)

Bella works in a mafia-run cabaret in Dakar, struggling to accept the limitations of her miserable life. Having given up her daughter for adoption 15 years prior, Bella is wracked with guilt over her past actions, but when she meets a fellow Guinean, working for the U.N., she has a chance for redemption (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 13, 8:45 p.m.

 

No Home Movie

Directed by Chantal Akerman

(France/Belgium, 2015, 115 min.)

At the center of Chantal Akerman's enormous body of work is her mother, a Holocaust survivor who married and raised a family in Brussels (WJFF).

West End Cinema

Tue., March 1, 8:15 p.m.

 

Once in a Lifetime

Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

(France, 2014, 105 min.)

Frustrated but undaunted, a dedicated high school history teacher in France tests her multicultural and multi-faith classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Tue., March 1, 8:45 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Thu., March 3, 8:45 p.m.

 

Pépé le Moko

Directed by Julien Duvivier

(France, 1937, 94 min.)

A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah — protected from arrest by his friends, but torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 26, 12:30 p.m.

 

They Will Have to Kill Us First

Directed by Johanna Schwartz

(U.K., 2015, 105 min.)

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history and banned all forms of music (NAFF; French, Songhay, English, Bambara and Tamasheq).

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., March 17, 7:15 p.m.

 

Hebrew

Barash

Directed by Michal Vinik

(Israel, 2015, 90 min.)

Naama Barash, 17, enjoys drugs, alcohol and hanging out with like-minded friends, while her rebellious, army-enrolled sister wreaks havoc by dating a Palestinian before going AWOL altogether. As her parents fret about their older daughter's disappearance, Naama meets a wild girl in school and discovers the intoxicating rush of first love (WJFF).

Avalon Theatre

Wed., March 2, 8:45 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., March 3, 6:15 p.m.

 

The Chaos Within

Directed by Yakov Yanai Lein

(Israel, 2014, 85 min.)

For 10 years, Yakov Yanai Lein tracks his relationship with his mother, a Holocaust survivor who learned the secrets of Kaballah from her husband before devoting herself to saving humanity from self-destruction (WJFF).

West End Cinema

Wed., March 2, 6:30 p.m.

 

The Good Son

Directed by Shirly Berkovitz

(Israel, 2004, 53 min.)

A young man secretly finances his sex change operation in Thailand by lying to his conservative parents and then returns home as a woman to face her new life (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., March 3, 6:45 p.m.

Washington DCJCC

Sun., March 6, 2:45 p.m.

 

Encirclements

Directed by Lee Gilat

(Israel, 2014, 98 min.)

A 13-year-old growing up in a working class Moroccan-Israeli community, Aharon is having a tough time. His father is distant; bullies hound him on the street; and the girl of his dreams barely knows he exists. When he is chosen to carry the Torah scrolls for Simchat Torah, however, his streak of bad luck seems over (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC

Sun., March 6, 4:30 p.m.

 

Marzipan Flowers

Directed by Adam Kalderon

(Israel, 2014, 73 min.)

After her husband dies in an accident, a 48-year-old kibbutznik is scrutinized by neighbors and threatened by her status as a beautiful widow. Lonely and out of her element, she forges a connection with a new roommate, a transgender woman with a mysterious past (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC

Wed., March 2, 8:45 p.m.

 

Red Leaves

Directed by Bazi Gete

(Israel, 2014, 80 min.)

After losing his wife, an Ethiopian émigré to Israel sets out on a journey to visit each of his children and is forced to reckon with his traditional values when faced with their comfortable, assimilated lives (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., March 1, 6:15 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Wed., March 2, 8:15 p.m.

 

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Directed by Natalie Portman

(Israel/U.S., 2015, 98 min.)

In this dream-like tale, Natalie Portman inhabits Fania, a mother who brings up her son in Jerusalem during the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of Israel. Dissatisfied with her marriage, and disoriented by the foreign land surrounding her, Fania escapes into elaborate, fanciful stories of make-believe — bringing her adoring, wide-eyed son along (closing night of the Washington Jewish Film Festival; Natalie Portman in attendance).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 6, 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.

 

Japanese

Persona Non-Grata

Directed Cellin Gluck

(Japan, 2016, 135 min.)

The heroic tale of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania during World War II, is brought to screen in sweeping fashion in this instant epic (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Wed., March 2, 8:45 p.m.

West End Cinema

Thu., March 3, 8:45 p.m.

 

The Tale of Iya

Directed by Tetsuichiro Tsuta

(Japan, 2013, 169 min.)

Exhausted by city life, a young man named Kubo decides to take solace in nature by moving to the lush and mountainous Iya Valley. Hoping to live a self-sufficient life, he soon learns that the realities of living with nature are harsher than he originally thought (EFF).

Japan Information and Culture Center

Wed., March 23, 6:30 p.m.

 

Luganda

The Boda Boda Thieves

Directed by Donald Mugisha and James Taylor

(South Africa/Germany/Kenya/Uganda, 2015, 85 min.)

Fifteen-year-old Abel is forced to provide for his family and man their boda boda (moto taxi) after his father is injured in a traffic accident. Looking for a quick fix, he gets lured in by a local hustler who offers him the chance to be a getaway driver (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., March 16, 9:30 p.m.

 

Polish

Demon

Directed by Marcin Wrona

(Poland/Israel, 2015, 94 min.)

In this chilling, modern interpretation of the Dybbuk legend, Piotr's joy at visiting his bride-to-be at her Polish home is quickly upended by his discovery of human bones on the property (WJFF; Polish and Yiddish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., March 1, 9:15 p.m.

 

A Grain of Truth

Directed by Borys Lankosz

(Poland, 2015, 110 min.)

A horrendous crime has been committed in the picturesque small town of Sandomierz: The body of a murdered woman, a well-liked local social activist is found. Prosecutor Teodor Szacki, recently moved down from Warsaw, recognizes that the murders are connected to allegedly historic Jewish ritual killings (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Tue., March 1, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., March 2, 9 p.m.

 

Klezmer

Directed by Piotr Chrzan

(Poland, 2015, 97 min.)

In 1943, a group of Polish villagers gathering in the woods to discover a listless and injured man. Recognizing him to be a Jewish musician, the party heatedly argue about what to do next: turn him into the authorities for a hefty fee? Leave him be? Hide him? (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., March 3, 8:45 p.m.

 

Raise the Roof

Directed by Yari Wolinsky and Cary Wolinsky

(U.S./Poland, 2014, 85 min.)

Inspired by images of magnificent wooden synagogues in 18th-century Poland — the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis—artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue (WJFF).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., March 1, 8:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., March 3, 6:30 p.m.

 

Russian

Natasha

Directed by David Bezmozgis

(Canada, 2015, 93 min.)

Sixteen-year-old Mark Berman, the son of Latvian-Jewish immigrants, wiles away his hours reading Nietzsche, smoking pot and watching porn. His slacker lifestyle is upended when a 14-year-old hurricane, named Natasha, enters the picture (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Thu., March 3, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 5, 6:15 p.m.

 

Spanish

Dirty Wolves

Directed by Simón de Miguel

(Spain, 2015, 105 min.)

In this World War II thriller imbued with notes of magical realism, Manuela works in the tungsten mines in rural Galicia. A ruthless Nazi brigade, intent on harvesting the rare metal to feed the Third Reich's war machine, has captured the mines. When Manuela's sister helps a Jewish prisoner cross the border to Portugal, they are unwittingly forced into a desperate test (WJFF; Spanish and German).

Avalon Theatre

Tue., March 1, 8:45 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., March 2, 6:45 p.m.

 

The Pearl Button

Directed by Patricio Guzmán

(Chile/France/Spain, 2014, 82 min.)

Chile's 2,670-mile-long coastline encompasses the world's largest archipelago, and the waters that flow through it contain the memories of an entire nation: the lost voices of the indigenous Patagonians, the conquests of the first colonizers, and the ghosts of political prisoners drowned during the Pinochet presidency (EFF; Spanish and Kawésqar).

Inter-American Development Bank

Thu., March 24, 6 p.m.

 

Swahili

Aisha

Directed by Chande Omar

(Tanzania, 2015, 112 min.)

Aisha, a young, ambitious businesswoman living in the city, returns to the village of her youth to attend her little sister's wedding only to confront the demons of her past (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., March 14, 7:15 p.m.

 

Tamashek

Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red In It

Directed by Christopher Kirkley

(Niger, 2015, 75 min.)

This rollicking rock-u-drama tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it "against all odds," set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., March 18, 7:15 p.m.

   

Events - March 2016

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ART 

March 1 to 31

Orchid Month

Hillwood's founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was enamored with finely crafted and beautiful objects. While this passion is most frequently associated with her art collection, it also holds true for her orchids. During the month of March, visitors to Hillwood are treated not only to the brilliance and fragrance of these exotic beauties as they bloom in abundance in the greenhouse, but also to engaging opportunities to explore Post's original collection.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

March 5 to Jan. 29

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Decades of civil unrest nearly destroyed Afghanistan's vital artistic heritage. Over the past decade, Turquoise Mountain, an organization founded in 2006 at the request of the prince of Wales and the president of Afghanistan, has transformed the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic center.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through March 13

Belize 35

Artist Santiago Cal and photojournalist Karl Villanueva commemorate the 35th anniversary of Belize's independence using an approach that is both artistic and historic. Belizean sculptor Santiago Cal has been commissioned to create a large installation occupying an entire museum gallery. Cal's piece includes as its subject matter Belize's first Prime Minister George Cadle Price along with symbolic national elements such as the tapir, the national animal of Belize. Complementing the installation is a series of photos taken on Sept. 21, 1981, by a then 24-year-old Villanueva documenting the day the country shed the last vestige of colonialism on the Central American mainland.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through March 13

BiH Voices: In Conversation with The Migration Series

This exhibition presents a selection of artworks created by emerging artists, elementary and high school students, and orphans during workshops facilitated by Phillips educators in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and the State Department, these workshops used Jacob Lawrence's "Migration Series" as a catalyst for conversation about the power of collaboration and storytelling through art.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through March 13

Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts

Marking the culmination of a year-long celebration of photography at the museum, this installation brings together an exquisite group of gifts, ranging from innovative photographs made in the earliest years of the medium's history to key works by important 20th-century artists and contemporary pieces that examine the ways in which photography continues to shape our experience of the modern world.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 13

Streams of Being: Selections from the Art Museum of the Americas

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Art Museum of the Americas, "Streams of Beings" brings to light a multiplicity of ideas and identities emerging within contemporary Latin American art. Featuring 22 artists from 12 countries across the Americas, this exhibition explores the permeable boundaries and dimensions of life through interrelated themes of scale and place, human and animal bodies.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through March 15

Passages by Massimiliano Gatti

Massimiliano Gatti's photographs explore the history of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East not by reportage, but by a careful, poetic, archeological description that transforms artifacts into metaphor and ancient objects into contemporary commentary. The images are quiet meditations on violent transformations as the exhibit marks the opening of "Protecting Our Heritage," a yearlong series of events that will focus on safeguarding and conserving the cultural heritage of humanity. The program is organized by European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) in Washington D.C., a network of nine members and nine associate members from European cultural institutes and embassies in the nation's capital whose 2016 presidency is being held by Italy.

Italian Cultural Institute

 

Through March 18

The Jewish Museum Vienna on International Court

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents two exhibitions touring from the Jewish Museum Vienna: "Lessing Presents Lessing," works by noted photographer Erich Lessing, curated by his daughter Hannah Lessing; and "A Good Day," a multimedia installation by Andrew Mezvinsky based on Primo Levi's account of survival in Auschwitz. The two shows offer intimate insights into Austrian Jewish life past and present, serving as a platform for discussion, experience and confrontation.

Embassy of Austria

 

March 19 to Sept. 18

Symbolic Cities: The World of Ahmed Mater

Born in 1979 in southern Saudi Arabia and trained as a medical doctor, Ahmed Mater has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, creating works that offer an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia. Now based in Jeddah, Mater has focused primarily on photography and video since 2010. From abandoned desert cities to the extraordinary transformation of Mecca, "Symbolic Cities" presents his visual and aural journeys observing economic and urban change in Saudi Arabia.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through March 20

Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

Some 50 bronze sculptures and related works survey the development of Hellenistic art as it spread from Greece throughout the Mediterranean between the fourth and first centuries B.C. Through the medium of bronze, artists were able to capture the dynamic realism, expression, and detail that characterized the new artistic goals of the period.

National Gallery of Art

 

March 24 to May 29

Rimer Cardillo: A Journey to Ombú Bellaumbra

The Nassau County Museum of Art curated this exhibition to honor Rimer Cardillo's lifetime accomplishments and his commitment to democratic values, nature and indigenous cultures.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through March 27

Shakespeare, Life of an Icon

We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime. "Shakespeare, Life of an Icon" brings together some of the most important manuscripts and printed books related to Shakespeare's life and career, giving us a firsthand look at the most famous author in the world.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through April 8

Pan-American Art Exhibition: Kansas City Student Poster Contest

The Pan-American Association of Kansas City presents winning poster entries representing the 35 members of the Organization of American States created by high school students in Missouri.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through April 24

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips presents recently acquired gifts of German and Danish art to the museum's permanent collection, generously given by art collector Michael Werner. A selection from the 46 works are on view, painting, sculpture and works on paper by Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz and A.R. Penck.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through April 29

Mirages: Photography by Mache del Campo

Mache del Campo's "Mirages" invites viewers to realms of unknown time and space where the mind departs from physical reality and is led to a subjective and intangible world. The photographer captures a single image, without a backstory or context, that leaves the viewer with the task of interpretation. In doing so, his camera becomes a gateway to personal dimensions beyond the realism of photography.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Through May 8

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

This major exhibition exploring the evolution of American and European landscape painting features 39 masterpieces, spanning five centuries, on loan from the collection of philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen. "Seeing Nature" showcases the development of landscape painting from intimate views of the world to artists' personal experiences with their surroundings.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 15

Louise Bourgeois: No Exit

Louise Bourgeois's ties to surrealism and existentialism will be explored through 17 works on paper and four sculptures.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 22

Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection

Presenting works at the salon — an exhibition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Art in Paris — marked success for artists in 18th-century France. The famed artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun was among the first women to exhibit at the event, yet she was by no means the only one. Drawn from the museum's rich collection, this focus exhibition visualizes the world of the art salon and reveals how French women artists inspired each other as well as male artists who noted their great success.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through May 30

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

As part of "Peacock Room REMIX," this exhibition reconstructs how Whistler's unrealized quest for "the perfection of art" intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through June 3

In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art

The art we experience often depends as much upon the materials available to the artists who make it as it depends on the artists themselves. This exhibition looks at a variety of literature surrounding artists' materials and instruction, and charts the ways in which the increasing commercialization of their production may have affected the practice of artists, especially following the industrial revolution.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through June 5

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East, particularly Egypt, where she is based.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through June 12

Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter

With Hillwood's "A Boyar Wedding Feast" as the centerpiece, this exhibit offers a new perspective on Konstantin Makovsky's work and its popularity in Gilded Age America, where it satisfied the appetite for dramatic historical stories, exotic settings and costumes, and admiration of European art and culture. In a dramatically lit setting, exquisite objects and details from the painting will be brought to life through groupings of 17th-century objects of boyar life, such as intricately embroidered garments and pearl-studded kokoshniki (women's headdresses).

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through July 31

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discover of Pasargadae

Located in southwestern Iran, Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 B.C.) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Impressed with its ruins, German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948) briefly surveyed the site for the first time in 1905, returning to conduct more extensive excavations. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives' rich holdings of Herzfeld's drawings, notes and photographs, this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DANCE

Fri., March 4, 8 p.m.

Flamenco Vivo: Poema De Andalucía

Strathmore delves into the cultural richness and traditions of Andalucía — the "cradle of flamenco" and a part of Spain that sits at a unique cultural crossroads. This "infectiously joyful" (New York Times), brilliantly colored show is a journey through the varied traditions, festivals and rituals of daily life that have made the Andalusian region a wellspring of cultural heritage. Tickets are $28 to $72.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

Tue., March 8, 8 p.m.

Flamenco Festival: Farruquito 'Improvisao'

Renowned as "one of the greatest flamenco dancers of this new century" (New York Times), Farruquito is regarded as one of the most faithful representatives of flamenco puro — the dance in its traditional state. Tickets are $35 to $65.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Sat., March 12, 8 p.m.

Flamenco Festival: Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, the most important representative of flamenco art in Spain, returns under the direction of Rafaela Carrasco. Tickets are $35 to $65.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Fri., March 18, 8 p.m.

Flamenco Festival: Rocio Molina 'Danzaora & Vinática'

Rocío Molina is at the forefront of modern flamenco and has been awarded many of Spain's top accolades in her as yet short career. "Danzaora & Vinática" explores her personal dance language combining flamenco with traditional "bolero" and Spanish classical dance. Tickets are $35 to $55.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Sat., March 19, 8 p.m.

Flamenco Festival: Qasida

"Qasida" is an extraordinary musical encounter between the young Sevillian cantaora Rosario "La Tremendita" and her Iranian peer Mohammad Motamedi. In "Qasida," the singer explores the roots of flamenco in the richly varied poetic songs and improvisations of Motamedi, the young rising star of Iranian classical music. Tickets are $25 to $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

March 23 to April 3

Stephen Mills' Hamlet

Sleek and elegant with contemporary staging and performed to the spellbinding music of Philip Glass, Stephen Mills's "Hamlet" redefines this tragic masterwork and the limits of dance in a modern production that presents Hamlet's internal struggle over avenging his father's murder in an innovative and riveting reinvention of this literary classic. Tickets are $32.25 to $130.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Feb. 23 to 28

Mariinsky Ballet: Petipa's 'Raymonda'

Russia's legendary company returns with the last "grand ballet" of the 19th century. Set in medieval Hungary, the story follows a beautiful countess torn between her betrothed, a crusading knight and the arrival of a handsome warrior. Tickets are $49 to $225.

Kennedy Center Opera House

Feb. 24 to 28

The Washington Ballet Presents 'Director's Cut'

Daring works by William Forsythe, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Septime Webre that redefine the boundaries of classical ballet come together in "Director's Cut." Tickets are $30.50 to $100.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., March 2, 9 a.m.

Italy in the White House: A Conversation on Historical Perspectives

Long before the emergence of the United States and Italy as nations, close connections between the two peoples influenced political philosophy, architecture, culture and more. To chronicle this extraordinary story and share newly discovered historical insights about these exceptional connections, the White House Historical Association, together with the Embassy of Italy and the National Italian American Foundation, is organizing a full-day symposium, culinary experience and cultural event that celebrates a symbiotic relationship that has lasted for well over two centuries. Tickets are $53.49; for information, visit www.whitehousehistory.org/collections/symposium-italy-in-the-white-house.

White House Historical Association

 

Sat., March 12, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fabric of Venice

The history of Venice is rich with the names of great painters, from Bellini to Titian. However, Venice is more than the sum of the paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings rendered by its master artists. Eric Denker of the National Gallery of Art explores the elements of the urban environment that combine to make one of the most enchanting cities on earth. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Mon., March 14, 3:30 p.m.

Migration: From Humanitarian Crises to New Opportunities

The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute, hosts a symposium and discussion examining how countries, especially Europe, are responding to the large number of migrants fleeing for their borders and the struggles of integration, illegal entries, deportation policies, humane approaches and economic opportunities surrounding migration.

Georgetown University Intercultural Center Auditorium

 

Tue., March 15, 7 p.m.

Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice

In her new book, former BBC investigative journalist Dina Gold describes the Nazi seizure of her family's stately six-story building and her extensive battle to reclaim it. In this program, Gold will discuss her struggle, the ongoing challenges of restitution, and how the Museum's resources helped her write her book.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

MUSIC

Wed., March 2, 8 p.m.,

Thu., March 3, 8 p.m.

International Guitar Night

This night of international guitar virtuosos features poetic lyricist (Brian Gore), gypsy jazz legend (Lulo Reinhardt), contemporary fingerstyle innovator (Mike Dawes) and multi-genre showman (Andre Krengel). Tickets are $25 to $27.

Wolf Trap

 

Mon., March 7, 8 p.m.

Vienna Mozart Orchestra

Bringing 28 of Vienna's top orchestral musicians and two stellar Viennese singers, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra embarks on a North American tour this spring showcasing masterworks of Vienna's musical heritage and most famous classical composer. The orchestra presents a light and joyful concert featuring the entirety of "Symphony No. 40" in G minor in the first half and arias from "Don Giovanni," "Marriage of Figaro" and "Magic Flute" in the second. Adding to the charm of the program, the musicians will perform the second half of the concert in 18th-century period dress, complete with powdered wigs. Tickets are $39 to $97.50.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

March 10 to 12

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to play Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 2" on a program that also includes Brahms' "Symphony No. 3" and three of the composer's "Hungarian Dances," plus the world premiere of Picker's "Opera without Words." Tickets are $15 to $89.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Sat., March 12, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating Lou Harrison: The Indonesian Connection

PostClassical Ensemble, in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy, presents this performance featuring violinist Tim Fain and pianist Michael Boriskin exploring the art of 20th-century master Lou Harrison (1917-2003). Decades before it became fashionable, Harrison created a masterly fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles, based on the sounds and techniques of Indonesian gamelan. He — along with Henry Cowell and John Cage — also created the percussion ensemble as a musical genre. To RSVP, visit http://postclassical.com/harrison/.

Embassy of Indonesia

 

Fri., March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Ariel Quartet

Winners of the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, this young Israeli quartet has earned a glowing international reputation for their "blazing, larger-than-life performance" (The Washington Post). Tickets are $35.

Wolf Trap

 

Sat., March 12, 7 p.m.

Hubert von Goisern Concert

At the age of 5, Hubert von Goisern told his parents that he wanted to be a conductor. When he was 12, he joined the local brass band and was loaned his first instrument — a trumpet. He went on to travel and study music around the world, including electroacoustic experimental music at the University of Music in Vienna. Since then, von Goisern has toured in Austria and Germany, performed a joint concert with Nubian superstar Mohamed Mounir to an audience of 15,000 in Egypt and created "The Alpenliebe Exhibition" featuring a musical journey through the Alps. To register, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sun., March 20, 4 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts Presents Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway

Whether playing folksongs on a pennywhistle or classic repertoire on the Irish flute, Sir James Galway's "nonchalant virtuosity and sterling musicianship" (Chicago Tribune) is always on full display. Tickets are $30 to $100.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Fri., March 25, 8 p.m.

Rokia Traoré with Sinkane

Defying the conventions of world music, Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré dismisses the notion of genre, effortlessly blending the sounds of Mali with blues, rock, jazz and folk. Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab, who was born in London to Sudanese exiles and now lives in Brooklyn, draws on his wildly varied upbringing in his pan-African, funky, global pop music. Tickets are $25 to $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Mon., March 28, 6:30 p.m.

Guy Mintus Jazz Trio

Israeli-born, New York-based jazz pianist and composer Guy Mintus creates performances that have "the entire hall listening with held breath" (Barka Fabiánová, Full Moon Zine). Mintus's trio expands on his vision with two other international musicians: Israeli bassist Tamir Shmerling and Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm. Tickets are $70, including reception; presented in conjunction with the Israeli Embassy. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Venue TBA

 

RECEPTIONS

Fri., March 4, 7 p.m.

12th Annual Viennese Ball: A Night in Vienna

Experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball while meeting international professionals and members of the diplomatic community in this Viennese celebration of music, food, wine and dancing. The Salon Orchestra of Washington will perform the world's favorite Strauss waltzes, ballroom music from around the world and the famous "Radetsky Grand March," led by the popular Tanzmeister-couple Herbert and Carol Traxler. They will also invite you to join them in "Strauss Fledermaus Quadrille #6," which is danced at all the big balls in Vienna. Tickets are $149 or $79; for information visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sat., March 5, 7 p.m.

Masquerade Ball

Come dressed as your favorite film star and savor an evening of dancing and live music, featuring the band Praževica performing traditional czardas and gypsy swing influenced by jazz and blues. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes (a bonus will be given to costumes inspired by Czech and Slovak movies) in addition to a raffle drawing. RSVP at sibrinky.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Sat., March 19, 3 p.m.

Children's Costume Party

The Czech and Slovak embassies present a children's costume party (rikanky a masky/riekanky a masky) inviting kids to dress in their most creative costumes or masks of their choice and come ready to recite a poem (in Czech or Slovak) for an afternoon of song, dance and culture. Children will also be able to act in the improvised theater presentation "How Charles the IV Became a King." RSVP by March 17 at http://rikany.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

THEATER

March 1 to 26

They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!

Ambassador Theater in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute presents a hilarious farce of civil disobedience by Nobel-winning writer Dario Fo in which desperate housewives take justice into their own hands. During a food riot, Antonia takes supplies from a supermarket and hides them from her law-abiding husband Giovanni behind the dress of her best friend Margherita. Follow the chaos when Giovanni and Margherita's husband Luigi are told about Margherita's miracle pregnancy and the police get involved. Tickets are $25 to $40.

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

 

Fri., March 4, 7 p.m.

Gaetano Donizett's La Favorite

Washington Concert Opera presents Donizetti's "La Favorite" in its original, rarely performed, French version (with English supertitles), one of the few operas with a mezzo-soprano in the title role. Set amidst the Moorish invasion of medieval Spain, it is filled with the passions of war, love and sacrifice. Tickets are $40 to $110.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Through March 6

Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical

Directed and co-written by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman, with heralded Cuban-American playwright Eduardo Machado, and music adapted from Bizet's opera by two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill, this "Carmen" brings the action of one of the most sensual stories of all time to Cuba on the verge of revolution in 1958. Tickets are $38 to $75.

Olney Theatre Center

 

Through March 6

The City of Conversation

Georgetown hostess Hester Ferris runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. When her son's formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of D.C.'s past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

 

Through March 6

Kabarett & Cabaret

Featuring iconic songs and forgotten Berliner and Viennese cabaret gems, The In Series production of "Kabarett & Cabaret" pays tribute to the art form of cabaret and its ties to the Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi persecution and brought the dark, raunchy world of cabaret to 1940s Hollywood. Tickets are $42.

Source

 

Through March 6

A Midsummer Night's Dream

It is easy to lose yourself in the enchanted woods of Shakespeare's timeless romantic tale. This magical comedy of tangled lovers, mischievous fairies — and a band of players to boot — is given a fresh, new staging by Aaron Posner, with D.C. favorites Holly Twyford as Bottom and Erin Weaver as Puck. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Theatre

 

March 10 to April 10

Marjorie Prime

From one of the country's most adventurous young writers, Jordan Harrison, comes the tender and provocative story of Marjorie, 85 years old, who's reinventing memories from the past with the help of Walter Prime — a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago. Tickets are $38 to $65.

Olney Theatre Center

 

March 11 and 12

World Stages: The Odyssey – From Vietnam to America

Marking 40 years since the Vietnam War's end, composer-performer Vân-Ánh Võ uses music, spoken word, live media and more to explore the journeys of the Boat People escaping war and abandoning their lives in search of freedom. Tickets are $49.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Through March 27

Othello

Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Sidney Harman Hall

 

Through March 27

Romeo and Juliet

In this passionate and lyrical piece, set among the gears of a giant clock, the greatest of Shakespearean lovers race against time itself to outrun their fate. One of the original "Wordless Shakespeare" productions, Synetic's "Romeo and Juliet" received six Helen Hayes Award nominations and two wins. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Through April 10

The Lion

Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar — actually, six guitars — in this wholly-original musical experience that tells a coming-of-age story that "lifts the spirit" (Time Out New York). Tickets are $40 to $70.

Arena Stage

   

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